To use the MaxBack VSS Writer you have to perform the following steps:
- Install the writer binaries each database host
- Request a license key
- Install the license file
- Connect the writer to the database
- optional: enable Veeam configuration set
1. Install binaries¶
You can install the MaxBack VSS Writer binaries with the setup package provided by dbosoft:
Execute the application and follow the installation wizard to install the binaries.
2. Request a license key¶
Each license is bound to the writer instance. To request a valid license you have to provide the unique key of the writer instance.
Call the commandline client from a elevated command prompt:
The command output will show you the instance key. Send this key to firstname.lastname@example.org together with your customer number to request a license.
3. Install the license file¶
The support will provide you a license file. To install the license call the commandline client from a elevated command prompt:
4. Connect to the database¶
To create the writer instance you again have to use the writer commandline client:
The commandline client will now create a writer service for the database instance. It will also create a user named vsswriter with a random password. This user is used for all communication with the database.
5. Enable configuration sets¶
To enable the veeam best practices configuration set use the following command:
maxback.vssclient enableconfigset -s Veeam
To enable the Azure Backup best practices configuration set use the following command:
maxback.vssclient enableconfigset -s AzureBackup
More options can be used on the maxback.vssconfig command (for example the database name). For a description of these options see Commandline Client.